Voters’ voices should be heeded

To the Editor:

In a representative democracy, the majority vote rules the day. In 2009, the voters of Fairfield overwhelming voted to have Republican majority on the town legislature, the RTM. And in 2011, they once again voted for a Republican majority on the town legislature despite overwhelmingly rejecting the Republican candidate for first selectman at the top of the ticket.

None of these results were by accident, although some would like to spin it that way. The voters of Fairfield are more often than not ahead of the establishment politicians in knowing where they would like this community to be. The voters want better government, more responsive government and more transparent government in Fairfield. And they want it all with better productivity and at less cost.

For my money, the RTM Republicans have done quite OK, even if they have not accomplished all I would have liked to see get done and even if Republicans in other corners of our government are still out to lunch. The powers and duties of the Fairfield RTM, as established in our town charter and town code, are about as weak a set of legislative authorities anyone could imagine. Given those constraints, I doubt anybody could do better than the Fairfield RTM Republicans  have done  to serve the community in the last four years.

In May, the majority Republicans on the RTM, who had been put there by the voters to do the business of legislating, adopted new town legislative districts to line up with the new state legislative districts and a one person one vote mandate consistent with the latest US census data. The Democrats on the redistricting committee had stalled and stalled for so long that the Republicans were forced to act at the very last minute. The majority also voted to shrink the size of the RTM to 40 members. The majority not only did its job, but it also worked to make the town legislature a better and more modern legislative body going forward.

Now a lawyer on the Democrat Town Committee, Joel Green, whose past work on the RTM was largely rejected by the voters in 2009, is suing the town to not only block the RTM’s legitimate work in the state mandated redistricting process but to call for an injunction against a legitimate democratic election this November. That is preposterous.

Judges have no business messing with the legitimate electoral process and frivolous lawsuits have no place in our courts. Unless the Green’s fellow Democrat Town Committee Member, the first selectman, makes a bad appointment of an assistant town attorney to defend the town in this matter,  I expect this lawsuit will soon see bottom side of the ash heap of bad town history.

The Democrats need to listen to the voters. And the too many Republicans, not on the RTM, who are acting like Democrats need to do the same.

 

Jim Brown

Fairfield

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